Bahrain Endurance 13 announces new roster with Olympic vision

Looks like the Bahrain 13 team has its sights set on some Olympic medals in addition to long-distance championships. The 2019 team is announced.

| January 23, 2019 | NEWS

Vincent Luis takes the 2018 ITU Grand Final.

Vincent Luis takes the 2018 ITU Grand Final.

Photo >Delly Carr | ITU Media

Featuring a who’s who of the sport, the Bahrain 13 Endurance team has long featured some of the best triathletes in the world. Now entering its fifth year, this year’s roster promises to be every bit as strong, adding even more firepower over the standard and sprint distances, a sign that the team looks to capture some Olympic medals next year.

The roster includes many athletes who have been part of the team since day one: Jan Frodeno, Daniela Ryf, Terenzo Bozzone and Javier Gomez. Previous members joining them on the roster include dual Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee, Ironman 70.3 world champion Holly Lawrence, last year’s ITU Grand Final champion Ashleigh Gentle and mixed relay world champion Ben Kanute, Ironman champion David Plese and team captain, His Highness Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Two new athletes added to the team include two-time ITU Grand Final champ Vincent Luis and Commonwealth Games paratriathlon bronze medalist Lauren Parker. A third new member will be announced shortly.

Gomez, Kanute, Gentle, Luis and Parker will be keying on next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

“It’s been great to be part of this since the beginning along with Jan, Daniela, and Terenzo, the originals of the team,” says Gomez. “In 2019 I’ll be more focused on shorter distances, but also try to do well in 70.3 worlds in Nice. I’m excited for the year ahead to keep inspiring others and support our team ideals. And I would also like to welcome the new team members, it’s a pretty cool team to be part of.”

“It’s very exciting to be joining this team of champions. What they have achieved as a team is simply amazing and I really hope to contribute. I will be focused on my WTS ranking and Super League Triathlon,” says Luis, who was part of France’s mixed-relay world championship in 2018 and is currently leading the Super League standings.

“My 2019 goal is to become world champion in paratriathlon, to qualify for the 2020 Paralympics,” says Parker, an elite triathlete who became an elite paratriathlete after a freak cycling accident broke her spine two years ago. Last year she took bronze at the Commonwealth Games paratriathlon and earned another bronze at last year’s Grand Final, just six weeks after undergoing spinal surgery.

Frodeno and Bozzone look to return to Kona this year after having missed last year’s race due to injury, while Ryf looks to continue her run of four consecutive wins on the Big Island.

Athletes previously on the team that aren’t included in this year’s roster include Canadian Brent McMahon, the UK’s Jodie Cunnama and American Ben Hoffman.

NOTE: This story has been modified since it's original posting. The original press release announced that Norway's Kristian Blummenfelt would a team member, but he will not be part of the roster.